Kelly Towles, artist who has created murals for U Street Music Hall, Toki Underground, DC Brau, and Graffiato
Kelly Towles never gave up on his dream to be an artist. His first job was at Whole Foods, where he taught himself many of the design and branding basics needed for the job he has now. Today, he’s one of DC’s hottest talents helping to bring attention to the local art scene. For Towles, there’s no such thing as a typical day. “I have to get my son ready for school. Then, after I drop him off, I do emails, and maybe I’m designing a mural, or going to a site visit, or meeting with sponsors. It’s all over the board.” Right now, he’s working on a project, called Pow! Wow! DC. It’s a festival that originated in Hawaii and is the first of its kind for the East Coast. Towles is the force recruiting 20-odd mural and graffiti artists. “It should be a good chance to show that DC kicks ass, and that we’re a creative city not to be messed around with.”
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As a kid, Tim Ebner wanted to be a professional soccer player or writer. He got cut from the high school soccer team, and now writes food, travel, and lifestyle features. Follow him on Twitter @TimEbner.